History attractions your grandchildren will love

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From ancient civilisations to royal palaces, Britain is filled with historic attractions that help bring the past to life.

Help your grandchildren step into the pages of history with a visit to one of the country’s many exciting attractions. Each of the five locations on our list are so much fun they’ll forget they are learning!

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

England’s oldest Tudor palace and the home of Henry VIII is bursting with history – from the State Apartments to the old tennis courts and impressive Tudor kitchens, the palace offers the chance to step inside history and see what it would have been like to live in the 16th century. There is a special family guide aimed at children, and outside in the grounds a world-famous maze great for using up some energy. Find more information from the website.

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Beamish Living Museum

 Beamish High Street

Between Durham and Newcastle is one of England’s best gems: Beamish Living Museum. The expansive grounds give you a chance to experience life in a northern town at the turn of the 20th century. There is a 1900s town – complete with sweetie shop – plus a colliery, pit village and farm to explore. Find more information from the website.


Sherwood Forest


Nottingham’s Sherwood Forest is not just home to Robin Hood; the historic royal hunting forest spans an incredible 450 acres. There are ancient trees, native woodland, nature trails, medieval events and plenty of other outdoor activities for grandparents, parents and children to enjoy. Find more information from the website.

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Jorvik Viking Centre

Viking Museum

Journey through the streets of the Viking Age with a visit to York’s most popular tourist attraction, the Jorvik Viking Centre. The incredible museum faithfully recreates a village just as it would have been more than 1000 years ago; there are lifesize models, priceless artefacts and plenty of captivating stories to help bring some of Britain’s most famous residents back to life. Find more information from the website.

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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is one of the most impressive castles in the country and the second largest inhabited castle in England. Home to the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309, there are tales of warfare, romance, and chivalry to be discovered. When you arrive it might look familiar – the castle has been used as a filming location for dozens of popular movies and TV shows, including Downton Abbey and Harry Potter. A special Knights’ School for the little ones offers the opportunity to dress in medieval costumes and have a go at jousting and swordsmanship. Find more information on the website.

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Do you have any favourite attractions that help bring history to life? 



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